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Trilogy shares up on profit forecast

Trilogy group chief executive Angela Buglass says the company's strategy is paying off.

Shares in cosmetics and candle maker Trilogy International jumped 21 per cent after the company flagged a tripling in half year profits.

Diamond couple celebrate 60 years

Christine and George Rose are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week.

When a Palmerston North couple went on their first date to the picture theatre, neither thought they'd still be together more than 60 years later.

UFC champ shuts down body shamers

Ronda Rousey

"There's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose," Ronda Rousey tells haters who called her too masculine.

The top five fitness barriers

If your days are packed and the evening hours are just as hectic, get up 30 minutes earlier twice a week to exercise.

Don't have time? Too tired? Bored of it? Here's why these excuses shouldn't stop you.

Mediterranean-styled HighRidge Estate for sale

HighRidge Estate.

The luxurious 512 square metre, five-bedroom Henderson Valley home has hosted wedding guests and television shows including Shortland Street.

Parenting a picky dresser

Does your child insist on wearing fancy dress outfits seven days a week? You're not alone.

A hilarious new video perfectly illustrates the frustration of having a child who is fussy about their clothing.

Pasta with long-cooked broccoli

Pasta should be boiled until al dente in plenty of well-salted water. The Italians say the water should be as salty as the Mediterranean.

Pasta should be boiled until al dente in plenty of well-salted water. The Italians say the water should be as salty as the Mediterranean.

$15,000 fine for importing birds' nests

A man was fined $15,000 for trying to sneak bird's nests into the country.

A North Shore man was fined $15,000 for trying to illegally import a Chinese delicacy.

Stay in a GoT-inspired home gallery

The island of Lokrum in Croatia serves as the real life backdrop for King’s Landings.

GoT has finished for the year but there's more than one way to experience Westeros.

Spring vegetable pasta

Spring vegetable pasta

Spring vegetable pasta

Squid & new potatoes with fried chorizo dressing

Frozen squid tubes are a handy thing to have in the freezer as they can easily be turned into quick meals.

Frozen squid tubes are a handy thing to have in the freezer as they can easily be turned into quick meals.

Chinese chicken with ham, prawns, sticky rice & pickled vegetables

Chinese Chicken with Ham, Prawns, Sticky Rice & Pickled Vegetables

Chinese-style chicken is flavoured with soy and ginger then cooked with mushrooms, ham and prawns.

Baked chicken drumstick jamoncitos & dried figs with potato galette

Baked chicken drumstick Jamoncitos & Dried Figs with Potato Galette

Jamoncitos means "little hams" in Spanish, which is what these drumsticks look like.

From the Menu: Salad with a zing

Loretta's vegetable salad.

Roast cauliflower, chargrilled brocolini, spinach, sunflower seeds and tahini dressing makes for a tasty plate.

Pastry chef wins gold

Ganesh Khedekar with his gold medal winning cake.

A pastry chef has won gold at the NZChefs National Salon with gravity defying cakes, and a peculiar ice cream

Girl with no arms meets her hero

Three-year-old Ruth Evelyn meeting her idol, Jessica Cox

This 3-year-old is showing the world that regardless of disability, you can still do the same things as everyone else - including hug.

Black pudding with cider, apples & spinach

Offal dishes like this feature regularly on the menus of some hip Auckland cafes.

Offal dishes like this feature regularly on the menus of some hip Auckland cafes.

Living room turns into bedroom

Yo!Home comes with a master bed that can be lowered over the sunken living room area.

This smart apartment with a James Bond-style twist proves that a small space can have big potential. 

Lamb with black bean sauce & eggplant

Asian dishes are particularly good for rustling up with just a few ingredients.

Asian dishes are particularly good for rustling up with just a few ingredients.

Brown rice with soy & ginger tofu & watercress

Basmati brown rice takes less time to cook than regular brown rice – great for a weeknight meal.

Basmati brown rice takes less time to cook than regular brown rice – great for a weeknight meal. You could use edamame beans in place of the peas.

Lemongrass chicken with vermicelli noodle salad

Lemongrass Chicken with Vermicelli Noodle Salad

You can buy lemongrass stems in packets then freeze the excess for later use – just remove them from the freezer a few minutes before cutting so that they soften.

Singapore prawn noodles

Singapore Prawn Noodles

Frozen prawns are great for quick meals. Add any vegetables you like to this dish – zucchini, capsicum and sliced cabbage would all work well.

Vegetable balti

This meal is perfect when in a hurry, from the kitchen to the table in under 30 minutes.

This meal is perfect when in a hurry, from the kitchen to the table in under 30 minutes.

Mushroom, barley & ham soup with sourdough croutons

Winter has arrived, there is no escaping it. On the plus side, this means its time to enjoy big, flavoursome soups.

Winter has arrived, there is no escaping it. On the plus side, this means its time to enjoy big, flavoursome soups.

Are peptides too good to be true?

Peptides enhance the body's natural responses, but they're not a "magic answer".

There's one to fix anything, from anxiety to weight loss and premature ageing, but they're not a "magic answer", doctors say.

Oxtail & vegetable soup with herb dumplings

Oxtail & Vegetable Soup with Herb Dumplings

Slow cooking oxtail results in meltingly tender, flavourful beef - some dishes really are worth waiting for.

How to master the frittata

Dorie Greenspan's farmers' market frittata.

Every cook needs a chubby, big-as-a-plate omelette with a generous amount of add-ins to call their own.

Inside Taylor Swift's glam $30m pad

Taylor Swift cooks up a storm with model pal Martha Hunt in her New York apartment.

What we've learnt about the pop star's celebrity-filled apartment from her Instagram posts.

Ssshh... this is my little secret

A plastic surgeon in the US, Dr Anthony Youn, has claimed as many as one third of the patients at his clinic keep their procedures secret

It's not just celebrities who try to keep their cosmetic surgery procedures under cover.

Will two eggs a day keep doctor away?

A diet high in eggs is not only delicious, but good for you as well, scientists say.

The cholesterol-heavy things have had a bad rap when it comes to health, but researchers now say they're good for you.

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